Folding Djembe Stand




Hi everyone.  This is my first ever instructable project, so bare with me.  This is a prototype and I've already thought of a few improvements.

So, this stand is intended to be used by any med-large hand drum drum such as a djembe, ashiko, dohola or anything else with a similiar dimension.  The drum pictured is a Remo 14" djembe.

The whole project should cost around $20-30.  Rough-cutting:  You can be up and running in about an hour.

Step 1: The Shopping List

Step 2: Making the Stand-wings

Step 1
With a marker, draw out the shape of one of the stand-wings onto the cardboard.  The wing should roughly look like a chubby "L".
The measurements are shown in the picture.  Roughly 21" tall.  Roughly 16" at the base.

Step 2
Cut the cardboard with a box cutter or scissors.

Step 3
Draw the outline of the template onto the plywood (Twice)

Step 4
Using your favorite thin bladed saw, cut out the stand-wings.

Step 3: Hinge & Rope Assembly


Step #1

Position the the two wings together.  Make sure the hinge is level and mark the screw holes to be drilled.

Step #2
Drill the holes all the way through the wood.

Step #3
Assemble the hinge to the wood.


Step #4

Drill holes near the top of the stand-wings.

Step #5
Feed the end of the rope through the hole and tie off the end with a knot large enough to anchor it to the wood.

Step #6
For this drum (Remo 14" djembe), the inside measurement of rope between the wings is about 16".  You'll have to try this or other lengths to see which feels right.  More length will allow the drum to sit lower.

Step 4: Play Your Drum!

Here you see the djembe sitting snuggly on the stand.  At this point, you can paint or stain the stand to your liking.  Once that's done, I suggest applying a clear coat to help protect your paint/stain job.  Once clear-coated, then you can apply felt strips where ever the drum comes into direct contact with the stand - in order to prevent scratching or scuffing.

Now you can goto your next drum circle in style.  You can enjoy your favorite libations without worrying about dropping your drum.  It's also great for those who can't support the weight of the drum on their own.

Have fun!



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    3 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you Incindiary. I am in the process of designing a new version that will look more professional - especially for those of who perform and need to maintain a more polished look.

    This new version (hopefully) will not rely at all on hinges and will therefore not be wobbly (or become wobbly after extended use) like in previous versions.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This is a well done instructable with good pix, thanks. I hope you keep making more!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    My updated version has a more aesthetically pleasing look to it but with the same hinge problem... it also holds the drum at a steeper angle (for better ergonomics).. but it too needs improvements. The big issue to all this, is the hinge part. After a while, the bushing in the hinge loosens up a bit and the whole thing becomes wobbly. So i (you) need to find a narrow hinge like this but without plastic bushings so that the hinge is rock-solid. Am still on the quest!!